979 Pacific Street’s Exterior Takes Shape in Crown Heights, Brooklyn

979 Pacific Street. Photo by Michael Young

Façade installation is underway on 979 Pacific Street, an eight-story mixed-use building in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Designed by Issac & Stern Architects and developed by EMP Capital Group, the 65,160-square-foot structure will yield 69 rental units spread over 48,551 square feet and 7,406 square feet of retail space. Countywide Builders is the general contractor for the property, which is located at the intersection Pacific Street and Grand Avenue.

Recent photos show the reinforced concrete superstructure topped out and covered in scaffolding and netting, with the window grid largely in place. The walls are covered in a white waterproof membrane and brickwork should begin shortly. The blank eastern wall is already finished with rectangular panels that will match the dark exterior color scheme of the top four floors.

979 Pacific Street. Photo by Michael Young

979 Pacific Street. Photo by Michael Young

979 Pacific Street. Photo by Michael Young

979 Pacific Street. Photo by Michael Young

979 Pacific Street. Photo by Michael Young

979 Pacific Street. Photo by Michael Young

979 Pacific Street. Photo by Michael Young

979 Pacific Street. Photo by Michael Young

The rendering in the main photo shows 979 Pacific Street featuring a brick-clad lower section with an industrial-inspired design featuring large warehouse-style windows. Above the fifth floor, the massing sets back before rising with a more contemporary dark-paneled design on the final three stories. The building features outdoor terraces with glass railings between the two sections and on the roof level.

Amenities will include bicycle parking for 35 bikes, a 38-foot-long rear yard, and recreation space. The lot is three blocks from the Franklin Avenue subway station, serviced by the A and C trains.

979 Pacific Street’s completion date is set for December 2023.

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10 Comments on "979 Pacific Street’s Exterior Takes Shape in Crown Heights, Brooklyn"

  1. David : Sent From Heaven. | November 15, 2022 at 8:16 am | Reply

    Many time I see that the location is next to a street corner, it is popular to build buildings because it’s beautiful. There are straight and rounded corners along the street, maybe it’s one of the highlights that I never get bored to looking at: Thanks to Michael Young.

  2. David in Bushwick | November 15, 2022 at 9:30 am | Reply

    Nice! Two buildings for the price of four.

  3. Who makes the decision to put a top on the building that has nothing to do with the base/main part of the building? Is this a design aesthetic? Do the architects just have two buildings in their head and both are so compelling that they set one atop the other? If the top material somehow made its way down the facade and became the entry material, well, then, maybe…and then there is the continuous glass cornice…?

    • I think it’s an easy way to break up the massing. I do like the design overall. At least it’s way better than most of the crap they’ve put up in the area over the past decade.

      • Jerri. My comment was rhetorical: I understand the setback….whether it’s better than “most of the crap” isn’t really a strong sales pitch for the clumsy design. Set backs, mixes of materials are all fine and done all the time. The way it was handled in this building is amateurish and sets a bad precedent.

  4. What is with the black topper and why is that such a trend, it’s so ugly. Plus can someone please explain to me how putting up a black building is any different than having a black roof which the city no longer allows? Doesn’t that warm the climate just as much?

  5. If the goal was to create a “look” by ham-handedly plopping an uninspired “modern” addition “look” on top of a vaguelly Albert Kahn style warehouse “look” then I guess they succeeded.

  6. Very nice. Bauhaus 1920s below, Bauhaus 1930s above.

  7. and albeit those 69 units are definitely high income, which is in a desirable area of course.

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